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Formed in 1971 in Guildford, Surrey, UK - Disbanded in 1984 - Reformed from 1991 to 2003 and again since 2013

The roots of CAMEL go as far as 1964, when the Latimer brothers Andrew and Bryan form part of a band called THE PHANTOM FOUR, after gaining some fame, the band changes their name to STRANGE BREW, a when the bass player Graham Cooper reaches the band. But things were about to change, Ian Latimer and Cooper leave the band and Doug Ferguson joins.

At this point drummer Andrew Ward joins the crew and the seeds were growing in this new Blues oriented band called simply THE BREW, and at last in 1971 with the arrival of keyboardist Peter BARDENS CAMEL is officially born.

In their first period CAMEL releases four albums, the self titled debut, which was received with limited enthusiasm by the public, which lead to the change of label from MCA (Who didn't wanted to take risks) to Decca, with whom they stayed for 10 years.

Followed by "Mirage", Snow Goose" and "Moonmadness" (for many their essential trilogy), during the latest album tour, the saxophonist and flute player Mel Collins joins and leads CAMEL to a first radical change in the sound, as well as in the formation because Doug Ferguson is replaced by the Ex CARAVAN bass player Richard SINCLAIR.

With this formation CAMEL releases two albums, "Rain Dances and "Breathless", which marks for many the end of CAMEL'S golden era mainly because Pete Bardens leaves the band and the next release "I Can See Your House From Here" is considered inferior to the previous releases by the critic.

From this point the lineups constantly changes but the band still releases seven more albums received with different degrees of acceptance, until the last studio album "A Nod And a Wink" sees the light in 2002 (the same year Pete Bardens passes away) completing a large discography of 14 studio releases, 9 live albums, 7 DVD's and several box sets .

Maybe because their style is softer than most of the pioneer bands with atmospheric and light Space Rock overtones their fanbase is not as huge as the ones of the coetaneous and more aggressive bands such as GENESIS (Who in my opinion influenced CAMEL), YES or KING CRIMSON, but CAMEL is without doubt among the most respected groups, and the Latimer - Bardens duo is considered one of the most creative compositional teams.

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CAMEL top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.96 | 1275 ratings
Camel
1973
4.39 | 2636 ratings
Mirage
1974
4.30 | 2261 ratings
The Snow Goose
1975
4.38 | 2245 ratings
Moonmadness
1976
3.63 | 942 ratings
Rain Dances
1977
3.16 | 784 ratings
Breathless
1978
2.91 | 671 ratings
I Can See Your House From Here
1979
3.64 | 747 ratings
Nude
1981
2.65 | 483 ratings
The Single Factor
1982
3.44 | 677 ratings
Stationary Traveller
1984
3.65 | 505 ratings
Dust And Dreams
1991
3.75 | 596 ratings
Harbour Of Tears
1996
4.06 | 836 ratings
Rajaz
1999
3.95 | 676 ratings
A Nod And A Wink
2002
4.21 | 557 ratings
The Snow Goose (Re-recording)
2013

CAMEL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.37 | 407 ratings
A Live Record
1978
3.36 | 171 ratings
Pressure Points
1984
3.71 | 121 ratings
Camel On The Road 1972
1992
4.46 | 168 ratings
Never Let Go
1993
2.49 | 74 ratings
Camel On The Road 1982
1994
3.41 | 70 ratings
Camel On The Road 1981
1997
4.29 | 141 ratings
Coming Of Age
1998
3.86 | 74 ratings
Camel 73 - 75 Gods of Light
2000
3.64 | 79 ratings
The Paris Collection
2001

CAMEL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.60 | 47 ratings
Pressure Points - Live in Concert
1984
4.55 | 117 ratings
Coming Of Age (DVD)
1998
2.93 | 27 ratings
Curriculum Vitae
2003
3.96 | 49 ratings
Footage
2004
3.84 | 38 ratings
Footage II
2005
4.08 | 45 ratings
Total Pressure - Live In Concert 1984
2007
3.93 | 61 ratings
Moondances
2007
4.40 | 81 ratings
The Opening Farewell - Live At The Catalyst (DVD)
2010
4.43 | 40 ratings
In From The Cold
2014
4.35 | 27 ratings
Ichigo Ichie - Live in Japan 2016
2017
5.00 | 5 ratings
At The Royal Albert Hall
2019

CAMEL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.05 | 19 ratings
Chameleon (Best Of Camel)
1981
3.34 | 21 ratings
The Collection
1985
3.74 | 31 ratings
A Compact Compilation
1985
2.51 | 11 ratings
Landscapes
1991
3.45 | 58 ratings
Echoes
1993
2.45 | 12 ratings
Camel (25th Anniversary Compilation)
1997
4.11 | 35 ratings
Lunar Sea - An Anthology 1973-1985
2001
4.33 | 3 ratings
Supertwister - Best
2006
4.20 | 44 ratings
Rainbow's End - A Camel Anthology 1973 - 1985
2010

CAMEL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 32 ratings
Never Let Go
1973
4.70 | 10 ratings
The Snow Goose
1975
3.50 | 11 ratings
Flight Of The Snow Goose
1975
3.89 | 27 ratings
Another Night
1976
3.54 | 18 ratings
Highways of the Sun
1977
4.33 | 9 ratings
Breathless
1978
3.50 | 4 ratings
Your Love Is Stranger Than Mine
1979
4.00 | 2 ratings
Some Exerpts From The New Camel Album
1979
3.20 | 5 ratings
Remote Romance
1979
4.00 | 5 ratings
Remote Romance (German Version)
1979
5.00 | 1 ratings
Camel In Concert No.250
1981
4.17 | 6 ratings
Lies
1981
3.89 | 9 ratings
No Easy Answer
1982
4.25 | 8 ratings
Selva
1982
3.38 | 10 ratings
Cloak And Dagger Man
1984
2.70 | 9 ratings
Long Goodbyes
1984
3.33 | 3 ratings
Berlin Occidental (West Berlin)
1984
3.75 | 4 ratings
Lies (Promo Single)
1984
4.00 | 4 ratings
Captured
1986
4.74 | 24 ratings
Never Let Go
2002

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 Mirage by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.39 | 2636 ratings

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Mirage
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by jamesbaldwin
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Camel, second album. Many persons thinks this is their masterpiece. Not me.

1. Freefall (5:47) Very rhythmic, with a central guitar solo, changes of rhythm, good rock but without great variations between the beginning and the end. Rating 7,5/8.

2. Supertwister (3:20) Instrumental, guided by the flute, pastoral. Rating 7,5/8.

3. Nimrodel / The Procession / The White Rider (9:12) Slow beginning, then it looks like a march, the first piece sung is reminiscent of the earlier King Crimson; the second instrumental piece is guided by keyboards, conventional, Genesis style, in symphonic rock approach; then, the second piece sung, with which we reach the 7 minutes. The last two instrumental pieces are guided by a nice bass and an atmospheric guitar solo and they are the best part of the song. Rating 8.

End of Side A.

4. Earthrise (6:42) Instrumental piece of almost 7 minutes with sluggish and repetitive start, with electric guitar rock solo but never in the foreground. Rating 7+

5. Lady Fantasy (12:46) - a. Encounter - b. Smiles For You - c. Lady Fantasy Mini suite with a relaxed beginning of keyboards reminiscent of Caravan, and in fact the Camel alternate music with relaxed ballad rhythms (in Caravan style) with more rhythmically sustained pieces; the suite becomes more rock towards 4 minutes, then moves to a slower, quieter atmospheric music, with voices from beyond the grave; it is descriptive and non-narrative music, then around 9 minutes a fast rock piece arrives, with solo of keyboards and around 12 minutes the initial melody comes back. Rating 8.

Record without falls but without very high peaks, Camel settles on an average quality of the pieces that lack the flick of genius or melodic inspiration necessary to become a masterpiece, they are prog artisans, without virtuosity, which makes music not trivial but lacking the originality and the look of the author that characterizes the great ones, in this album.

Rating 8. Three and a half Stars.

 The Snow Goose (Re-recording) by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.21 | 557 ratings

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The Snow Goose (Re-recording)
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Zoltanxvamos

5 stars As a huge Camel fan, I required this album. I obtained it a few days ago, and I haven't stopped listening to it. This album may not be the best produced album, but it sounds amazing, the revised versions of songs and the arrangements... a Camel fan can't ask for more! The album art is amazing, the music on the album has a different flavour then the original but... I love It. The original has a quality that makes it unbeatable but... this album is really good anyways. I may be biased but it's just hope a review will be, everyone has bias. Still, love this album, love this band, love the sound and I love everything new about this album. I really have no complaints about this album, just the mediocre production quality.

Seriously, this album has gone beyond my expectations.

In Loving Memory of Peter Bardens.

 At The Royal Albert Hall by CAMEL album cover DVD/Video, 2019
5.00 | 5 ratings

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At The Royal Albert Hall
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Hercules
Prog Reviewer

5 stars This has been a long time coming, but the wait has been well worth it. I was at this show and it was one of the best - if not THE best - gig I've ever been to. I worried that they wouldn't catch the full atmosphere on film, but after it arrived this morning, my fears were allayed. Don't expect pyrotechnics and a lot of showmanship: Camel settle for just playing their music and letting that do the talking. And what music it is: the whole of the incredible Moonmadness, then a second set which draws heavily on Dust and Dreams, an album I've never really loved. But live, the tracks stand out. Part of the reason for that may be the presence of Pete Jones. The late Guy Leblanc was a very fine musician, but Jones brings vocals and sax to the show alongside his keyboards. Every other band must envy Camel for this brave act of recruitment, because taking a blind keyboardist on board was a gamble, but a gamble that has paid off spectacularly. He adds a new dimension to the band and the current line up is as good as any there's been. His vocals on End Of the Line and lung bursting sax solos are amongst the highlights of the DVD. He also a contributes an amusing introduction to Ice, showing that he's now part of the furniture. But, as ever, it's Andy Latimer who steals the show. For a man who faced death 10 years ago, he's back and playing with a brilliance that is almost unmatched. Sure he can speed round the fretboard as fast as anyone when he chooses, but that's not his style: he prefers to ring every drop of emotion out of the music and he doesn't just play his guitar but lets it almost become part of him. No guitarist has recorded as many wonderful solos and several are here. Andy's voice has always been Marmite to many, but I love his depth and ability to convey emotion, whilst Colin Bass is also a great singer. But when Pete Jones sings, you drop everything to listen: in an earlier life, he sang on X Factor and told Simon Cowell to "shut up", so that deserves respect, but his voice is amazing. The rhythm section is as tight as a camel's behind in a sandstorm and it's obvious they're having a great time and that they're great friends as well as bandmates. I met them before the gig and they are a lovely bunch, Andy Latimer being very funny and self-effacing. So my advice is this: go on to Camel's website and buy a copy of this DVD for every friend you have and give them it for Christmas. They'll love you for it. The fact that my ugly mug is on it should not deter you! Best DVD of the year? No doubt about that: it might be the best of all time, a record of a band still going after 45 years and still on top of their game. Let's hope this isn't their swansong and that they tour again, but if it does turn out to be their final act, it would be a fitting farewell.
 Dust And Dreams by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.65 | 505 ratings

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Dust And Dreams
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by dougmcauliffe

3 stars The full potential of this album is much more brought out in the live performance on Camels live album "Never Let Go." Even then, its still a bit of a strange middle of the road album for Camel, especially as a "comeback" album. As with every Camel album you're going to get a lot of good melodies, but this one is a plagued with several atmospheric filler tracks (or as I say "fluff") between the real meat of the album. My other big issue is the production, very 90's and sterile sounding, which is also an issue I have with the albums follow-up "Harbour of Tears." Unfortunately between every good track it seems there a boring filler track to accompany it. Some of the highlights include opener Go West, it's a very beautiful minimalist track. Mother Road is another nice track with a great guitar melody that appears a handful of times throughout the album. Rose of Sharon really falls flat on the studio version with really bland sounding vocals. However in the aforementioned live performance, the guitar solo is explosively beautiful and the vocals are just much better. End of the Line has simply just never done it for me, studio or live. Though it seems to be a staple in their live performances, its a low point of the album for me. Towards the end, the album begins to redeem itself with a series of pretty good songs. Camel returns to form briefly in the two tracks Cotton Camp and Broken Banks with some fast drums and melodic guitar. Unfortunately Sheet Rain, Whispers and Little Rivers and Little Rose slow down that excitement with more slow instrumentals... great. The final two tracks end on a pretty good note. Hopeless Anger and Whispers in the rain are more in line with what i'm looking for from Camel, but even then, its just decent.

Good but Non-Essential is a good rating for this one. Though its never horrible or anything, but it's just inoffensive and dull at times. I can't imagine having much faith in Camel if I had went out and bought this in 1991, but luckily they showed they were very well capable with Rajaz and A Nod and a Wink a couple years down the line. The lifeless production really bogs down what would be highs on this album, and that with abundance of filler tracks is my main issue. Interestingly, for their Royal Albert Hall show 3/9 songs from the second set are from this album, I assume its a personal favorite for Andy.

5/10

 The Single Factor by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1982
2.65 | 483 ratings

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The Single Factor
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Zoltanxvamos

5 stars Vastly, Vastly underrated.

I honestly can't see why people hate this album so much, this is Camel with some soft Rock elements, jazz fusion, ambiance and just pure prog thrown around in every which way. Why is this so underrated? Ok ok, I'll stop rambling and get to my explanation. First, the opening track, 'No Easy Answer' is a soft, progressive pop song with catchy chords, lyrics and a really well put together mood. Sure this song is more of a poppy little note, but it is still prog enough to capture a good sense of what Camel was like at that time in their career. 'You Are The One', this song is also fairly poppy. It consists of a soft melodic mood and chord progression, catchy lyrics and chords (of course), and a voice that fits the song (oddly enough) with Andy Latimar on lead. Good song, well put together, nice song writing altogether. 'Heroes' is a darker progressive pop song with well sung lead vocals, catchy piano and bass lines and all of the above. Great song, fits the mood of the album and plays off the two previous albums as well. 'Selva'... I can't even express in words how gorgeous this song is but I will do my absolute best. This song is one of those moments in Camel's career that shows how they sound and where they thrive, dark, melodic songs like this one. A beautiful opening with deep, bassy synths then soon after a really gorgeous guitar solo by Andy Latimar. Such a mood this song brings, dark yet soft, pink floyd-esc yet original. This is only a small explanation of this one song and I still cannot convey how absolutely phenomenal this one track is on it's own, just trust me and listen to it. 'Lullaby'... well I can say my right ear really enjoyed this! All jokes aside, (apart from the fact this song is only a right ear song) This song is beautiful too, a soft piano and vocal led song, well sung, and an emotional progressive piece. 'Sasquatch', how can anyone hate this song? Its Andy Latimar and Anthony Phillips playing together, it's the dream duo! Genesis and Camel in one song? I think that's great! This song has really well played acoustic and electric guitar parts, its melodic (just like the entire album), and it's just a brilliant instrumental altogether. It takes elements of Genesis and Camel and makes this song a collaboration song that Camel and Genesis fans should admire (I sure do). 'Manic' returns to the more poppy side of this album, but it doesn't have nearly as much pop as the rest of the album, it's another great song with good lyrics and a groove that will make you listen to more Camel. 'Camelogue' is an interesting one, soft again and returning to the format of the less poppy songs on the album. It's another melodic song with interesting lyrics, harmonies and well played piano parts. Great listen, just trust me. 'Today's Goodbye' is a really great song too, amazing harmonies, great instrumentation, this is just a gorgeous track with a small amount of pop elements. 'A Heart's Desire'... piano, vocals and accordion! Need I continue? I actually will! This song is another level for this album too, very much like the previous song, 'Lullaby' and 'Selva', great tune and really well written. 'End Peace' is a peaceful (pun intended) way to end the album, really calming, soft and melodic as well.

All in all, this entire album is a masterpiece on it's own. I still can't wrap my head around way this album is so underrated. Anyways, just take my advice and listen to it, and if you are reading this review and understand why I like this album, then take another listen. This album has its soft moments, its pop moments and all but this is still a prog album to me. Just please, take a listen and give this album another chance.

 I Can See Your House From Here by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.91 | 671 ratings

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I Can See Your House From Here
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Zoltanxvamos

5 stars I can't understand why this album is so bashed, I seriously can't. This album is from an iconic progressive rock band from the 70s and yet... this album is so poorly rated... ok... first of all. This album has some crazy crazy odd times that are explored everywhere. Kit Watkins and Jan Schelhaas keyboard playing on all these songs is through the roof, with technical ability and moody solos that fit everywhere. Andy Latimar's song writing and singing on this album is pretty great and technical. And finally we have guest musicians like Colin Bass (whom is a great bassist and vocalist) and Phil Collins. I don't see why this album is so bashed, it has some amazing progressive rock songs that really do fit the genre. This album is a quintessential moment in Progressive Rock history and should be seen as such.
 Echoes by CAMEL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1993
3.45 | 58 ratings

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Echoes
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by AlanB

3 stars I've long held the view that Camel in the early years were a great band, but lost something with the departure of Peter Bardens. This compilation CD reinforces that opinion for me. The first CD contains tracks from all the albums up to Rain Dances, and is consistently good throughout (OK, maybe not the less interesting Tell Me and Elke, but definitely all the rest). All the obvious picks are here, Lady Fantasy, Lunar Sea, the extract from the Snow Goose that was always played live, and Never Let Go, amongst others. The first part of CD2 is also pretty good, some fans don't rate Breathless as an album but the three tracks included here are probably the best on that particular work. After that the quality takes a dip, though not immediately, Hymn to Her is a good progressive song, and Sasquatch a decent instrumental, but Your Love Is Stranger Than Mine and the two songs from Nude dip too much into pop territory. And I'm afraid I find Ice a bit boring. The last five tracks on CD2 I could happily miss out completely, they are poor.

So in conclusion I would say, on average, Echoes is a two star album, unless you have no early Camel albums, in which case I'd give it a four star rating. Does that make sense? For the purpose of this review I'll average it out as 3 stars.

 Breathless by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.16 | 784 ratings

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Breathless
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by somtam

4 stars Breathless seems to divide opinion. I've been a huge fan of Camel since I first heard Snowgoose in 1980, and I'm very fond of Breathless. The band had started to fracture with it's move to a lighter, slighlty sound incorporating jazz elements. Quite different from those great early albums but, since I like jazz it works fine for me. Oddly, it also sounds like a happy, sunny record. So to the tracks on this album. Breathless is a lovely gentle opener and showcases Richard Sinclair's warm vocals and Mel Collins flute. Echoes is a great track and one of two highlights. Wing and a Prayer is a pleasant album track. Down on the Farm is fun and whimsical but one I'd usually skip these days. Starlight Ride is peaceful and pretty. Next up is Summer Lightning and one that polarises opinion; I think it's one of Camel's finest tracks and the propelling dancy rhythm, and superb guitar are magical. You Make Me Smile is less successful and is rather plodding and dull. The Sleeper is a strong jazz-orientated piece. Finally, Rainbow's End is sweet, like a lullabye, but not particularly memorable. I wish Camel had stayed with this light jazz-inflected style for the next album, I Can See Your House.
 Mirage by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.39 | 2636 ratings

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Mirage
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by patrickq
Prog Reviewer

4 stars For whatever reason, Camel's second album doesn't strike me as especially symphonic. Perhaps my understanding of the "Canterbury Scene" subgenre of progressive rock is faulty, but if Caravan's In the Land of Grey and Pink is Canterbury, then Mirage strikes me as at least Canterbury-related. The aspect of In the Land of Grey and Pink that's missing here is an elfishness, or perhaps cheekiness, that seems common to many Canterbury acts. And as it turns out, Camel's from a town three hours away from Canterbury.

Mirage isn't quite at the level of In the Land of Grey and Pink, but it's very good. Its compositions aren't only good, they're consistently good from start to finish - - no duds here. Same with the performances. Camel's not going to blow listeners away with instrumental wizardry here, but perhaps that's because their goal is to work as an ensemble, and maybe that's why this group is classified as "symphonic prog." Anyway, the playing is solid on every track. And the sound is great (I'm listening to the 2002 Deram issue).

Interestingly, the songs on Mirage are almost sequenced from most to least accessible. Apparently none of these songs were released as singles, but album-opener "Freefall" seems like the obvious choice. This is followed by "Supertwister," an instrumental which, in effect, introduces the styles which will be used throughout the remaining half hour - - almost like a medley overture. Side One ends with a nine-minute suite related to The Lord of the Rings. The complexity increases on Side Two, which is indexed as two tracks: the instrumental "Earthrise" and the closing suite "Lady Fantasy," another three-part suite. The CD reissue adds three live tracks from 1974 and an alternate (and slightly longer) mix of "Lady Fantasy." 

Whether it's symphonic, Canterbury, or some (perhaps "eclectic") combination, Mirage is a very good album. Its quality is synergistic: I can't point to a single element which, taken independently, demands a four-star rating. But as a package Mirage is certainly an "excellent addition to any prog rock music collection."

 Mirage by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.39 | 2636 ratings

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Mirage
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by MysticKing

5 stars If you're enjoying emotional mellow side of prog rock this band is probably the best choice for you. But not only that, also jazz- fusion, psychedelic rock or symphonic prog fans can enjoy this album.

So, let's start the review. First of all, to me, this album is one of the best prog albums of all times but it's a bit underrated even among the proggers. This album gives you some symphonic, some psychedelic and lots of emotional delights with a bit of epicness (especially The White Rider).

Album's opener is Freefall. And first few minutes of this song is pretty good for opening. And the song continues with catchy vocals and Latimer's crazy and psychedelic guitar work. I think this song is a very good song but probably the worst of the album! That shows the brilliance of the album.

Second track is Supertwister. I think this is one of the best flute usage in prog music. It's a very symphonic song contains especially lots of quality keyboard an flute materials. It's not only symphonic and musically progressive enough, it also touches your heart. Maybe this is the shortest track but it's very good. An interesting thing is that the composer of this song is Peter Bardens but Latimer's flute work is more dominant in the song.

Third track is the best to me. Epic The White Rider. Song opens with a beatiful keyboard melody and then a fanfare-like music with an epic flute solo by Latimer. Then song continues with mellotron, bass, drums and acoustic guitars, I think. There's small amounts of flutes between the verses. But the middle section of this song is what makes this song great. A wonderful keyboard solo begins. Especially the Moog part gives me goosebumps everytime when I listen. I think Bardens' solo is one of the best keyboard solos of rock music history. Then Latimer's guitar comes in and ends this session. Lyrics starts again. Closure of this song is another perfect moment. The bass and synthesizer's melody is very spacey and can take you to another world. But guitar and especially drum work is beyond perfect here. Ward drives the song to a chaotic outro. And an interesting thing is that Latimer composed this song, but Bardens is on fire!

Next song is Earthrise. A melodic and symphonic instrumental which is very good. I love the drumwork here by Ward. But keyboards and guitars are fine too.

The closing track Lady Fantasy is probably the best composed song of the album. The melody changes, reprises all these well knitted melodies are wonderful. A very melodic but also emotional masterpiece. Song begins with a crazy keyboard riff and hopeful guitar melodies. As the song continues those melodies becomes more entangled, hopeless and finally depressed. Especially the melody that comes in at 4.10 approximately is a beast! This guitar can make you cry! Some people say to other rock guitarist that they can make the guitar cry. But Latimer makes 'you' cry! The song slows down to a sad part. After the words 'I love you!' the song becomes even more wonderful with keyboard-guitar conversations. And song finishes with a legendary reprise!

Also the very first sound of the album which appears in the beginning of the Freefall, appears again in the very last seconds of The White Rider. That is an also interesting detail.

My rating for this album is undoubtly 5 stars!

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